Sep 02 2008

Communicating with Students and Colleagues

Published by under Communication

With everything else that law students need to know, they often forget to develop what ultimately will be one of the most important competencies they will need as practicing attorneys: effective communication skills. As an executive coach for communication at a law school (and formerly a professor at a college and trainer at the Center for Creative Leadership), this entry focuses on tips for enhancing communication effectiveness.
First Tip: “All you need is air.”

Good sound results from good breathing. If you don’t take sufficient breaths, you won’t’ have the air supply you need to sustain good sound throughout your speaking. Shallow breaths will result in thin, quivering, volume dropping speech. So, whether you speak in class, before a judge or to a firm partner, breathe.

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